Singer/songwriter LeAnetta “LeA” Robinson has an enviable position in the music industry as the granddaughter of musical legend and Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson, how is considered the “Mother of Hip-Hop” after helping bring rap mainstream nearly 40 years ago. LeA, affectionately called the “granddaughter of hip-hop,” is also starring in the Bravo reality tv show The First Family of Hip-Hop, which highlights her family’s current journey to solidify their musical legacy.
The outgoing songwriter and dancer is now looking to forge her own position in the industry, already performing at NBA games, the famous Waldorf-Astoria and the United Nations International Year of Youth Conference. She is also passionate about giving back—and at the age of 16, LeA both partnered with the charity organization Comedy Cures and became a United Nations Ambassador. We caught up with the diva to talk about her experience on the show, new music and her hair and beauty faves.
Hype Hair: What is it like being part of a family that is so iconic in hip-hop culture and music?
LeA Robinson: In all honesty, I didn’t know I was growing up in a musical family until I got older. My family raised us like regular kids; we had a great childhood experience. As I got older, I began to see the impact that my family really had on the music industry.
HH: Can you tell us about your experience on First Family of Hip Hop and how the concept came about?
LR: My experience has truly been therapeutic. It allowed my family to talk about things that we’ve always wanted to discuss but never had the chance to, and it just brought us together in such a great way. The concept was developed by my brother Darnell and my Uncle Joey, before his passing.
HH: Are you currently working on any new music of your own and how would you describe your sound?
LR: I’m gearing up to release my first single of the year, Hey Young Boy and an incredible project by the name of S.A.Y (Songs About You). I like to describe my music as a breath of fresh air. My music just feels good.